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Why is it Necessary to Limit Loads on Spring Roads?
Alexandra Haukaas

We have written about spring thaw a few times on this blog, which should give some indication of how important it is to be actively aware of it. As a yearly event that could potentially cost you thousands in completely avoidable fees and delays, spring thaw is worth taking a moment to refresh yourself on.

March 14, 2024
Bonded Carrier Vs. Non-Bonded Carrier
PCB Group

What is a bonded carrier and what benefits do bonded carriers have? To bond, or not to bond: that is the question we will answer in this article...

September 14, 2023
Commonly Used Shipping Documents
PCB Group

What are they? Why are they needed in the import process? There are four main documents commonly used in the international shipping of cargo. What are they and why are they needed?

September 7, 2023
Automation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Alexandra Haukaas

As businesses become increasingly reliant on the logistics industry, companies are looking for ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs, fill gaps, and enhance supply chain visibility. One solution to these challenges is automation.

April 3, 2023
SCAC 2.0 | More Efficient, Better Visibility
Stephanie Haws

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a unique two to four-digit code used to identify transportation companies. It was designed in the 1960s and has an exciting update launching on April 10th, 2023. The new portal will allow SCAC holders better visibility of their codes and the ability to set auto-renewals and make payments online. Today's blog will highlight the benefits of the SCAC 2.0 launch and delve into what carriers can expect.

March 22, 2023
How To Save Money Shipping During Spring Thaw
PCB Group

The experienced exporter was caught by surprise. Sometime ago, early in the middle of March, a large exporter of frozen food products in Quebec loaded a container with their product being exported to Australia.

March 10, 2023
Understanding Less-Than-Truckload Shipping
Donna Miller

The question you have been researching online is how to efficiently and effectively transport small ground shipments without breaking the bank. In your research, you've come across two terms: Full Truckload (FTL) and Less-Than-Truckload (LTL). But what is the difference? That's the emphasis of today's blog post; we will explain the various truckload shipping options, particularly less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, along with the benefits and differences between LTL and FTL, in addition to the requirements for LTL shipping.

February 15, 2023
Potholes: Your Not-So-Subtle Spring Thaw Reminder
PCB Group

It's a typical spring day, sunny with a chance of a torrential downpour. You are driving your mini cooper across a familiar road, listening to your favorite tunes. Just as the chorus comes in, your speed seems to somehow pick up, then BAM! Your tiny car nearly gets swallowed whole by an enormous pothole. After you assess the damage to your tires, you may wonder, why do these potholes suddenly appear every time you are near? In this blog, we will explain how potholes come to be and how each year, a measure referred to as Spring Thaw is implemented to prevent them from damaging our roads and your tires in some climates. And since we're here and in the trade business, let's assess its significant impact on commercial transport.

February 2, 2023
Importing Goods From China Opportunities And Considerations
Alexandra Haukaas

China is known as the world's largest exporter of manufactured consumer products. Many commercial entrepreneurs import consumer products from China benefiting from lower prices. Global Affairs Canada reports that “China is Canada’s second most important bilateral commercial partner.” (Source) The US is number 1. If you are considering importing products from China, take the time to research the import and manufacturing process before you commit. Here are some considerations.

September 29, 2022
Logistics Scalability For Ecommerce
Jan Brock

Amazon started as a small online book store that grew into the billion dollar business it is today. Although Amazon may be a unicorn when it comes to sales growth, every small online retailer hopes for just a sliver of that success when they build their business plans. If you are one of those entrepreneurs, one factor to keep in mind is scalability. You may be a small importer now, but what happens when your goods start selling in large quantities? Ensuring your supply chains and import processes are agile in terms of volume is imperative. In this blog we will share 4 tips on how to ensure optimal logistics scalability for your ecommerce business.

May 19, 2022